Sydney Chamber Choir
Founded in 1975, Sydney Chamber Choir has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading choral ensembles. It is especially renowned for its interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque works and as a champion of contemporary Australian choral music, having commissioned and premiered scores of works by many established and emerging Australian composers.
Sydney Chamber Choir has toured widely and in 2009 was a prizewinner in the 41st Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain. In 2013, the Choir embarked on its first tour of South East Asia, with concerts in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The Choir’s performances are regularly broadcast across the country on ABC Classic FM, and CD recordings are available on the ABC Classics and Tall Poppies labels.
Richard Gill, OAM, founding Music Director and Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera, has been Artistic Director of the Education Program for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music and is currently Artistic Advisor to the Musica Viva In Schools Program and as of January 2016 Richard Gill will take up the position of Music Director of the Sydney Chamber Choir.
He has conducted all the major Australian opera companies, symphony and youth orchestras, New Zealand Symphony and Youth Orchestras, Sydney Chamber Choir and Sydney Philharmonia Choir. 2015 will see Richard conduct Discovery and Anzac concerts with SSO, Ears Wide Open with Melbourne Symphony, “Unwrap the Music” with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, A Midsummernight’s Dream (Britten) at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Sydney Chamber Choir, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and work at the International schools in Taipei and Singapore. Richard Gill will also deliver the 2015 Peggy Glanville Hicks address.
Among Richard’s many accolades are the Bernard Heinze Award, Honorary Doctorates from the Edith Cowan University of Western Australia and the ACU, and the Australia Council’s Don Banks Award.